tonic


1ton·ic

adjective \ˈtä-nik\

Definition of TONIC

1
a :  characterized by tonus <tonic contraction of muscle>; also :  marked by prolonged muscular contraction <tonic convulsions>
b :  producing or adapted to produce healthy muscular condition and reaction of organs (as muscles)
2
a :  increasing or restoring physical or mental tone :  refreshing
b :  yielding a tonic substance
3
:  relating to or based on the first tone of a scale <tonic harmony>
4
of a syllable :  bearing a principal stress or accent
5
:  of or relating to speech tones or to languages using them to distinguish words otherwise identical
ton·i·cal·ly \ˈtä-ni-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of TONIC

  1. <breathe in clear tonic mountain air>
  2. <never underestimate the tonic power of humor on a sick person>

Origin of TONIC

Greek tonikos, from tonos tension, tone
First Known Use: 1649

Other Pharmacology Terms

anodyne, cathartic, emetic, emollient, liniment, paregoric, poultice, purgative, soporific, spectrum

Rhymes with TONIC

2tonic

noun

: a type of water that has bubbles in it, has a bitter taste, and is often used in alcoholic drinks

: something that makes you feel healthier and more relaxed

: a medicine that brings you back to a normal physical or mental condition

Full Definition of TONIC

1
:  the first tone of a major or minor scale :  keynote
2
a :  an agent (as a drug) that increases body tone
b :  one that invigorates, restores, refreshes, or stimulates <a day in the country was a tonic for him>
c :  a liquid preparation for the scalp or hair
d chiefly New England :  a carbonated flavored beverage
e :  tonic water
3
:  a voiced sound

First Known Use of TONIC

1797

Other Pharmacology Terms

anodyne, cathartic, emetic, emollient, liniment, paregoric, poultice, purgative, soporific, spectrum

Rhymes with TONIC

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